Year: 2014


Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools

This Reports and Research Papers examines the roles between property taxes and public education in Pennsylvania. Eliminating school property...

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Pa. Companies Like PPL, Heinz Paid Little or Nothing in State Income Taxes

Many profitable Fortune 500 companies including Pennsylvania-based PPL, H.J. Heinz, Airgas, Allegheny Technologies, Hershey, and Comcast are paying little...

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Local Cigarette Taxes: Improving Public Health and Investing in the Community

This report reveals how several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate...

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Gas Production Booms, Drillers’ Corporate Tax Payments Plummet

Pennsylvania should move ahead with a severance tax that is comparable to that imposed by neighboring West Virginia. General...

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Analysis: How Do House Budget Cuts Affect Your School District?

Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved budget made significant changes to the Governor‰’s proposed allocations to school districts and charter...

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A Strong State Commitment to Public Education, A Must Have for Pennsylvania’s Children

This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts....

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Senate Bill Eliminating Property Taxes Largely Unchanged by Amendment

The proposed amendment to SB 76 does not fundamentally alter the many structural deficiencies of the legislation. SB 76,...

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Apocalypse Not: Severance Taxes and Industry Exit in the Marcellus Shale

In this paper, the economics of a typical unconventional gas well in the Marcellus Shale from the point of...

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Advocates from OH, PA, WV Urge Common Approach to Shale Taxation

Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget &...

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Increasingly Unequal in Pennsylvania: Income Inequality, 1917 to 2011

A slow but steady erosion of labor standards, tax policies designed to benefit corporations and the wealthy, and unchecked...

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